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A mother's fight to find housing

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A mother's fight to find housing

A mother's fight to find housing

A mother of six who used a park bathroom to get her children ready for school is now off the streets.

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A mother's fight to find housing

FOR PARENTS...ESPECIALLY FORFAMILIES WHO DONHAVE A HOME.IN JUNE WE FIRSTINTRODUCED YOU TO AMOTHER OF 6 WHO USEDA PARK BATHROOM TOGET HER CHILDRENREADY FOR SCHOOL.NOW SHESTREETS, BUT AS WPTVNEWS CHANNEL FIVESSABIRAH RAYFORD SHOWSYOU HER JOURNEY INTOA STABLE HOME IS FARFROM OVER.THE ADOPT A FAMILYORGANIZATION SAYS ONAVERAGE THEY RECEIVEAROUND 800 CALLS AMONTH FROM FAMILIESDEALING WITH HOUSINGINSTABILITY ORHOMELESSNESS.

OUT OFTHAT NUMBER THEY SAYTHEY'RE ABLE TO SERVEAROUND 10 PERCENT OFTHOSE FAMILIES.(Happy tone)"We eat, I got theirbackpacks forschool."From pasta to pillowsit's your everydayhousehold items thatbrings this motherjoy."So what is thisarea?""This is the fridge,this is the playingcards area (laughs)um, the microwave.Where we eat, we eatover here."It's two hotel roomswith four queen sizedbeds and a place thismother of six isthankful to callhome."It's hard to get aroof over your headeven for one nightwhen you have a bunchof kids."This mother firstshared her story withus in June when sheand her children wereliving in a park.Weare choosing not toreveal her identitybecause she says sheis a survivor ofdomestic abuse."Before they go toschool as the parkopen we run in thepark I bathe them up,clean them up.

Getthem ready forschool."That was her routinefor nearly fivemonths of thisyear..."I was calling aroundto find out about theshelters and stufflike that and that'sthe first time I knowthat you actuallyhave to fill out anapplication just toget into the shelter.You know how theyhave it in thoseother cities that youcan just spend thenight?

You can't dothat there's nonelike that here."After our first storyaired she said hersituation changed."After the interviewI got a few phonecalls from the Lord'sPlace, Adopt-A-Familyand other sheltersthat I signed up formonths ago."Adopt a family is nowpaying for thesehotel rooms. Givingthis family a privateplace to sleep andbathe while waitingfor a permanent home.But that's whereanother strugglebegins&."It's not a sexytopic, nobody wantsto talk about it."Sophia Eccleston isthe President of theHomeless Coalition.Their vision a loftygoal endinghomelessness in PalmBeach County."For us at theHomeless Coalitionit's to seek to getmore funding and tofind more affordablehousing in Palm BeachCounty, period.

Youknow?

We need moreaffordable housingthere's just notenough."With the average rentin the palm beachcounty at 1400 for atwo bedroom apartment, this homeless momis facing a nearlyincredible hurdle.While donors and nonprofits help&our momhas medicalchallenges and is thesole caretaker of hersix kids."The one place thatwe did was looking atwas Lake Worth and wewere just waiting tohear back from themso hopefully we getsome good news(laughs)."IN THE LAST YEAR THEADOPT A FAMILYORGANIZATION SAYSTHEY'VE ENDED ORPREVENTEDHOMELESSNESS FOR MORETHAN 600 FAMILIES.

ASPOKESPERSON SAYSTHEY ARE CURRENTLYWORKING ON $6 MILLIONDOLLAR AFFORDABLEHOUSING PROJECT INLAKE WORTH.SABIRAH RAYFORD WPTVNEWS CHANNEL5TonightShowers




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